Inauguration gowns that won’t break the bank

January 9, 2009


If you are going to be in Washington for the Presidential Inauguration, you need to pack a couple of gowns because the parties planned from January 17 through January 21 are all going to require some sort of formal attire. On top of paying hundreds of dollars for exclusive parties, travel, hotel and shopping (yes there are lots of sales going on in the city during this time), buying the right dress to be seen in can break the bank. Another problem many women are agonizing over is the possibility of wearing the same gown as another party goer. Shopping online and unique boutiques are the best ways to ensure that you get a great deal on your dress and have might be the only one wearing your dress.

I selected a few dresses from Gilt Groupe’s sample sale on Notte by Marchesa dresses. These dresses are usually $1300 but you can snag one or a couple for just under $400 a piece. Accessorizing the gown will also make it a bit more unique. Pearls, diamonds, Tanzanite or any gemstone for that matter will add appeal and elegance. If you want the real thing but cannot afford it, Mervis Diamond Importers is offering a jewelry rental program so that you too can look like a million bucks as you hob-knob with Ambassadors, administration officials and celebs.

In the next couple of days, I will help you determine what to wear, how to accessorize and provide you with websites that will give you access to the exclusive and most buzzed about parties in the city.

  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi Makeda, Are the gowns posted from Gilt Groupe? I love the black ones!

  2. Glamour Girl says:

    Yes the gowns are currently on sale at gilt groupe under the Marchesa sale. If you need an invitation, go to



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